Two Wins In One Day!
On a day that Gary Bettman, the commissioner for the NHL had a press conference at Jobing.com arena announcing that a deal to buy the Coyotes was perhaps weeks away, the Coyotes went out and beat the Nashville Predators in game five 2 to 1 to wrap up round two of the playoffs. Thus, it was a double win for the Coyotes and their fans: The Coyotes advanced to round three against the Los Angeles Kings and it appears Glendale will be their home for a long, long time.
One hour prior to the game, a packed press room, heard Gary Bettman announce a tentative understanding with Greg Jamison to reach a formal agreement to buy the Phoenix Coyotes. Bettman said that in the next few days, the NHL will be working on a purchase and sales agreement while Jamison and the City of Glendale will be finalizing the lease agreement.
Bettman said that he believes that the deal is weeks away and not months. When the Goldwater Institute’s name came up, Bettman said that this deal is structured differently than the previous deal and believes should not be a problem with the Goldwater Institute.
One hour later, the Coyotes took to the ice and played a solid game. Despite being outshot 33 to 17 by Nashville, the Coyotes played solid defense with goaltender Mike Smith leading the way and stopping everything in sight until late in the third period with 5:59 remaining Nashville scored making it Yotes 2 and Predators 1. Collin Wilson scored from a beautiful feed from David Legwand breaking Smith’s attempt for a second straight shutout. The Coyotes remained strong rather than falling into a defensive shell as the clock tic down to zero. Game over, series over and on to round three.
The schedule for round three will be announced later this week. The Coyotes have home ice and both teams can use the well deserved time off until the next battle. Round three between the Kings and Coyotes promises to be a ‘war” showcasing the two best goaltenders in the league. Prediction: Coyotes in 7.